PTPA co-founder Novak Djokovic has shared a statement, calling for the proof to be showed that Peng Shuai is safe and alive. Peng went missing in China after accusing China's former vice premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault.
The WTA, ATP and several top names have come out and voiced their concerns over the disappearance of Peng. "The Profesional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) is advocating for independent evidence confirming the safety and location of WTA player, Peng Shuai," the PTPA statement read.
"There is nothing more important to us than the health, safety, and welfare of the players. "We must unite and be willing to take action unless corroborated evidence is provided to the world about Peng's wellbeing."
Djokovic 'shocked' over the Peng disappearance
A few days ago, Djokovic described the Peng disappearance as "shocking." The WTA received a mail that was claimed to be sent by Peng. In the mail, it was said that Peng was fine and that her sexual assault alllegations false.
"The statement released today by Chinese state media concerning Peng Shuai only raises my concerns as to her safety and whereabouts," WTA CEO Steve Simon said. " I have a hard time believing that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email we received or believes what is being attributed to her.
Peng Shuai displayed incredible courage in describing an allegation of sexual assault against a former top official in the Chinese government. The WTA and the rest of the world need independent and verifiable proof that she is safe.
I have repeatedly tried to reach her via numerous forms of communication, to no avail. "Peng Shuai must be allowed to speak freely, without coercion or intimidation from any source. Her allegation of sexual assault must be respected, investigated with full transparency and without censorship. "The voices of women need to be heard and respected, not censored nor dictated to”.